In what was presumably one of the stranger panels at yesterday’s Produced By Conference, Morgan Freeman copped to being “sexist” but “not misogynistic” during a discussion with his producing partner Lori McCreary, the CEO and co-founder of Revelations Entertainment. McCreary “had on a dress cut to here” during their first meeting, the actor recalled during what seems to have been a lighthearted exchange, adding that “she doesn’t want to be thought of as a pretty face. She wants to be thought of as serious. But you can’t get away from the short dresses.”
McCreary is said to have been unbothered by these comments, with the Hollywood Reporter noting that “the trust and admiration between the partners was evident and mutual.” “Trustworthy” and “integrity” were two of the words McCreary invoked in describing Freeman, who said the two have “a great relationship.” In their two decades as collaborators, they’ve produced films like “Invictus” as well as such TV series as “Madame Secretary” and “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman.”
Moderated by Mark Gordon, the conversation eventually turned to the topic of female producers; both panelists suggested they may be more skilled than their male counterparts. “I think inherently — I might be sexist — my construct is family, bringing people together,” said McCreary before adding that “I’m not saying men aren’t that way.” For men, noted Freeman, “It’s always about the pissing contest.” Then they talked about peeing while sitting down.